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15 December 2009
by Morten Messerschmidt (EFD)
to the Commission

 Subject: Baroness Ashton's suitability for the post of EU ‘Foreign Minister’
 Answer in writing 

From 1980 until 1982, Baroness Cathy Ashton was treasurer of the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), an extreme leftwing organisation. CND was very secretive concerning the funding of its campaigns and did not publish its accounts but, following public pressure, an investigation was carried out which showed that 38 % of CND's revenue could not be traced back to the actual donors.

The person responsible for this anonymous part of the funding was a member of the British Communist Party, Will Howard, a fact which should be viewed in relation to the assertion made by the internationally respected Russian dissident and defector, Vladimir Bukovsky, that the disarmament campaigns in the West were largely funded by the communist eastern bloc.

It seems likely that this was also true of CND.

If Baroness Ashton did not know where the revenue was coming from, she was incompetent, and, if she did not ask, she was guilty of gross negligence.

In the light of the above, will the Commission say whether it considers that Baroness Ashton is qualified to be responsible for the EU's (and, therefore, Denmark's) foreign and security policy, and whether it intends to investigate these accusations further?

The Commission is referred to the article entitled ‘EU's new “Foreign Minister” Cathy Ashton was Treasurer of CND’, which appeared in the Mail Online on 22 November 2009.

Original language of question: DAOJ C 10 E, 14/01/2011
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